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Hemp 101: Farmers learn about growing industry during convention in Hilo | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Farmers from throughout the state gained insight into Hawaii’s newest crop as the annual Hawaii Farmers Union United Convention kicked off Friday at OK Farms in Hilo.

Source: Hemp 101: Farmers learn about growing industry during convention in Hilo | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/hemp-101-farmers-learn-about-growing-industry-during-convention-hilo).

Accessed on 15 October 2016, 15:44 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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Comment:

According to reporter Ivy Ashe, about 60 people attended the meeting at OK Farms in Hilo to hear speakers from Vermont and Colorado discuss “the ins and outs of growing and processing industrial hemp.”

The industrial hemp industry is slowly expanding on the U.S. mainland and offers a profitable cash crop for local farmers. Federal rules and regulations have been sufficiently relaxed to allow states to create their own growing programs.  In July 2016, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a bill permitting Hawaii farmers to raise industrial hemp for agricultural research purposes.

Industrial hemp can be used for biofuels, insulation, and textiles.  Hemp seeds are also a good source of protein for animals and humans.


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No longer just a dream: First concrete poured for Hilo Bayfront Trails | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


After years on the drawing board and in the planning room, the Hilo Bayfront Trails project has made the leap to reality.

Source: No longer just a dream: First concrete poured for Hilo Bayfront Trails | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/no-longer-a-dream-first-concrete-poured-for-hilo-bayfront-trails).

Accessed on 14 October 2016. 15:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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The dream of a fully complete Hilo Bayfront Trail is finally coming true.  On Thursday, 13 October 2016, the first concrete was poured for a pedestrian and bicycle path on the makai side of the Hilo Bayfront soccer fields that will join Downtown Hilo with Banyan Drive.  Reporter Ivy Ashe says the project will be completed “by the end of this year.”

When the trail system is done, it will comprise 6 miles of 12-foot-wide paths and connect 700 acres of local and state park facilities.”

The first phase of the Hilo Bayfront Trails project will be approximately $1 million, with $514,000 coming from the National Park Service.


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Bill aimed at curbing county’s use of toxic herbicides | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The latest attempt to decrease county use of toxic herbicides is making its way through a County Council committee.

Source: Bill aimed at curbing county’s use of toxic herbicides | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/bill-aimed-at-curbing-county-s-use-toxic-herbicides0.

Accessed on 07 October 2016, 04:20 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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Outgoing Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille isn’t giving up on having Hawaii County curb its use of toxic pesticides.  Wille has introduced Bill 243, which would mandate Hawaii County reduce the use of toxic herbicides such as Roundup.  Roundup and other glyphosate herbicides are used to control weed and invasive plants.

Discussion of Bill 243 has been postponed until  18 October 2016 to give Wille  time to clarify language in the legislation.


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Legislation aims to combat mac nut pest | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The macadamia felted coccid is the latest Hawaii Island invasive species to go to Washington.

Source: Legislation aims to combat mac nut pest | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/legislation-aims-combat-mac-nut-pest).

Accessed on 29 September 2016, 16:30 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has introduced legislation to that would authorize additional research to combat the Macadamia Felted Coccid.  The Macadamia Tree Health Initiative also would create what is called an “Areawide Pest Management Plan” to help farmers manage existing infestations.

The Macadamia Nut Felted Coccid has been on Hawaii Island since 2005. The pest is native to Australia and “feeds exclusively on macadamia nut sap.”  Infestations kill tree branches and reduce overall yield.  The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources is researching various treatment plans to control the pest.


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State mulls re-striping plan for Highway 130 | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The state Department of Transportation is evaluating workaround measures to increase the capacity of Highway 130.

Source: State mulls re-striping plan for Highway 130 | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/state-mulls-re-striping-plan-highway-130).

Accessed on 29 September 2016, 16:00 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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When the state Legislature rejected plans to widen Highway 130 between Keaau and Pahoa in July, Hawaii Department of Transportation officials decided that additional safety measures could, in part, compensate for increasing traffic on the highway.

According to spokeswoman Shelly Kunishige, the state DOT “is looking into re-striping and re-signing (Highway 130) to safely add capacity.”

Earlier, State Highways Division Deputy Director Ed Sniffen told the “Honolulu Star-Advertiser” that the re-marking project “would create four 11-foot lands with two 5-foot shoulders.”

Hawaii Island State Senator Russell Ruderman told reporter Ivy Ashe that four lanes “would be wonderful”, but “It’s still not going to be safe to ride your bike or walk.”

Kunishige said a feasibility study for the re-striping project would be completed “within a month.”


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Amano visits TMT site; Contested case hearing officer gets ‘firsthand’ look at several locations on Mauna Kea’s summit | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Parties in the contested case for the Thirty Meter Telescope toured the summit of Mauna Kea on Monday morning.

Source: Amano visits TMT site; Contested case hearing officer gets ‘firsthand’ look at several locations on Mauna Kea’s summit | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/amano-visits-site-contested-case-hearing-officer-gets-first-hand-look-several).

Accessed on 27 September 2016, 18:30 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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Comment:

On Monday, 26 September 2016, contested case hearings officer, retired judge Riki May Amano, visited the proposed site of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the Mauna Kea summit.  According to the DLNR, the visit “provided a way to see firsthand the location and observable impact of the …project.”

The second contested case hearing is set to begin on 11 October 2016, 10 a.m., at the Hilo Naniloa Hotel.

The project has been opposed by some Native Hawaiian groups, who consider the mountain sacred.  Other Native Hawaiian groups support the TMT, saying astronomy is “an important part of Hawaiian culture.”


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Ookala flooding raises concern; Residents meet with county, dairy officials to discuss solutions | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


After experiencing severe flash flooding and mudslides last week, Ookala residents met with county and state officials Thursday evening in an attempt to ensure their homes will be protected in the future.

Source: Ookala flooding raises concern; Residents meet with county, dairy officials to discuss solutions | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/ookala-flooding-raises-concerns-residents-meet-county-dairy-officials-discuss).

Accessed on 24 September 2016, 17:30 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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Ookala residents impacted by recent flooding met with Hawaii County and Hawaii State officials Thursday night to find ways to protect their homes and property in the future.

Flood waters broke through a culvert and “brought torrents of swirling muddy water from the dairy on the slopes above Highway 19 across the road, through a piece of county-owned land and into Ookala.”

Residents showed officials video of the flood damage and expressed their fear of touching the accumulated mud because of infection concerns.

Ookala residents told officials that “current diversions needed to be widened and deepened in order to accommodate the deluges.”  Interim Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Ed Teixeira said he was working with the Department of Public Works to address the roads.  Big Island Dairy general manager Brad Duff said he was “willing to take on the responsibility of clearing those diversions, which would require a Memorandum of Understanding between the dairy and the county.”

Hawaii County Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter, who lives in Ookala, told reporter Ivy Ashe that she wanted to discuss the flood and run-off issues with the state Departments of Health and Agriculture.


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